First and foremost, I would like to express my highest regard and appreciation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah for the appointment of YAB Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob as the Ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia. This is the culmination of a meticulous and rigorous process based on democratic practices which are in line with the fundamental principles of our constitution.

I would like to record my profound thanks to former Prime Minister YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, for his exemplary leadership whilst driving the nation forward during these challenging times.

I would also like to thank the Prime Minister for the re-appointment as Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry. I will continue to do my utmost to discharge the duties and responsibilities incumbent on this appointment and remain fully committed towards ensuring sustainable recovery and vibrant economic growth. I wish to congratulate the Prime Minister for his maiden address where he called upon the whole nation to stand together in unity to embrace the concept of Keluarga Malaysia.

Indeed, as we navigate through the economic and healthcare challenges of this unprecedented crisis, we must proceed from a position of strength which is built on the foundation of solidarity, unity, and togetherness.

As Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccination rate continues to be one of the fastest in the world which has led to the decline of hospitalisation numbers, we commend the unrelenting efforts, dedication, hard work, and resilience of our frontliners.

We must continue this momentum and ensure that the nation’s economy advance towards a trajectory of positive growth and sustainable recovery. Hence, there must be no let-up in the execution of economic stimulus efforts that have been introduced and are essential to maintain GDP growth, create new jobs and attract further Foreign Direct Investments.

As we progress towards recovery, we must ensure that the Rakyat possess the necessary resources to achieve economic dignity and participate actively and gainfully again in the nation’s vibrant growth. In this regard, our socio-economic policies must be bold in design and delivery to generate wealth for the Rakyat, so that the prosperity is equitably shared.

The Prime Minister’s assurance that the aspirations of the youth will be heard and prioritised represents a clarion call to further entrust them to exercise their democratic rights for the nation to move forward. Our youth is our future as they drive dynamism, innovation and creativity which are essential elements to move the nation toward the forefront of the global map.

Above all, we should be conscientious of the ideals and legitimate expectations of the Rakyat that this is a government of the people and for the people founded on good governance, accountability and transparency. Let us go the distance together as one, build on the strength and foundation of our commonality, fortify our resolve and work towards the progress and success of Keluarga Malaysia.


27 AUGUST 2021